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Sweden's centre-right voters up for deals with populist SD

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Sweden's centre-right voters up for deals with populist SD
Jimmie Åkesson with Centre Party leader Annie Lööf and Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT
11:11 CEST+02:00
A growing majority of voters for Sweden's four-party centre-right Alliance support working with the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats to drive through policy in the parliament, according to a new poll.
The new numbers will be further encouragement for the party's leader Jimmie Åkesson, who has vowed to bring his party into mainstream politics, and has offered to support the budget put forward this autumn by the centre right. 
 
A full 61 percent of Moderate Party voters believe the Alliance should end the ‘cordon sanitaire' around the populist party, according to a new poll by Ipsos Mori.  
 
Half of Liberal Party voters want to bring the Sweden Democrats into talks, as do 56 percent of voters for the Christian Democrats.
 
Only voters for the Centre Party, which grew out of Sweden's farmer's party, were marginally against cooperating the nationalist party.
 
The Sweden Democrats have been shunned by the other parties, largely as a consequence of the neo-Nazi links of some of its founders.  
 
But after working to soften its image, it emerged as the third largest party in parliament after the 2014 general election. 
 
The pollster interviewed 1,727 voters for the survey, speaking to voters for all the parties in Sweden's parliament. 
 
Left Party voters were the most strongly opposed to cooperating with the Sweden Democrats, with only 9 percent in favour, followed by Green Party voters with 17 percent in favour, and the Social Democrats with 29 percent in favour. 
 
 
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